Motorcycle Clubs Unite to Help Veterans and Rescue Dogs

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June 16, 2018, Dale City, VA- Dozens of people gather quietly in a circle to pray dressed in leather vests and riding chaps, and then climb on their motorcycles and ride to support a cause.

Semper K9 Assistance Dogs held their first annual poker run this weekend which was hosted by the Dale City Moose Lodge. A total of 57 bikes participated in the event which raised over $1,800.00 for Semper K9’s mission.

“Our riders enjoy doing events for our community. Many of our riders are veterans so being a part of this event was an easy decision,” said Bill Baker, president of the Dale City Moose Club Riders.

Bill Baker President of Moose Riders, Christopher Baity Semper K9 Founder & CEO and Jerry Black Moose Lodge 2165 Governor with Semper K9’s Vegas.

“This was our first time doing a poker run as a fundraiser,” said Amanda Baity, Semper K9’s Director of Operations. “If you break even on your first time for an event it is considered a success. The funds raised will help us fund our programs and assist more veterans.”

Raffles were also provided at the event by Black Rifle Coffee Company, Flags of Valor, Disgruntled Decks, Bison Coolers and many others. “We are thankful to the Dale City Moose Lodge for their support,” continued Baity.

“Moose Lodge is very supportive of our veterans and we believe that Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is offering a great service,” said Jerry Black, Moose Lodge 2165 Governor.

Semper K9 has already announced their 2nd Annual Poker Run for June 15, 2019, and is currently looking for a host organization. To get more information about this event you can visit semperk9.org or email their Fundraising Coordinator Kelley Kearns at kelley@semperk9.org. Photos by Nicole Meyers, Semper K9.

About Semper K9 Assistance Dogs: Semper K9 Assistance Dogs is a combat veteran founded and operated 501(c)(3) nonprofit that provides assistance dogs for wounded, critically ill and injured members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. Christopher Baity, Semper K9’s Executive Director, is an OEF/OIF combat veteran Marine Corps dog trainer and kennel master with three combat deployments, one civilian deployment to Afghanistan and two additional overseas deployments with military working dogs. To learn more about Semper K9 at www.SemperK9.org and follow them on social media: @SemperK9.

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